Those interdicted are a senior warden, company commanders, platoon commanders and several rangers. Two months ago gunmen shot dead a white rhino in Nairobi’s national park, one of the best guarded. Sources at KWS pointed fingers at the dismissed officers.
Intimidation to security
“This was actually an intimidation to KWS security. It was not a case of poaching but a way of telling them we can do it (poach) right at your door,” said a security officer based at the headquarters. The poachers hacked out the horn from its head and escaped.
The whereabouts of the officers are unclear, with claims they could be the ones behind the spate of soaring poaching.
Most of the affected officers were from Tsavo National Park where at least 55 elephants have been killed since January.
The last time KWS recruited rangers was two years ago when 500 were enlisted nationally but sources say only about 430 completed the nine month paramilitary training in Manyani.
“Some (recruits) were returned back on medical grounds. Only 450 were trained,” said an officer based in Manyani training camp.
This is bad news to the wildlife sector, especially after the many elephants and the rhinos poached in the recent months.
Still, rangers attached to the rhino squad who are on a 24-hour service could be fatigued as some are yet to take their annul leave. They include officers based in Lake Nakuru and Tsavo National parks. More....